https://spectator.sme.sk/r/25/politics-and-society/atomSpectator.sme.sk - The Slovak Spectator1970-01-01T01:00:00ZSlovakia's English-language newspaper covering politics, business, culture, sport and opinion -- with real time news updates.Petit Press, a.s.rss_contact_emailhttps://spectator.sme.sk/c/20807659/when-sheep-and-goats-become-gardeners.htmlWhen sheep and goats become gardeners2018-04-20T11:30:00ZLiving four-legged mowers help take care of precious orchids and butterflies.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20808014/pellegrini-and-danko-agree-on-better-communication.htmlPellegrini and Danko agree on better communication2018-04-19T21:23:10ZThey also want to cooperate in the upcoming municipal elections.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20808011/new-spartan-plane-becomes-a-subject-to-warranty-claim.htmlNew Spartan plane becomes a subject to warranty claim2018-04-19T21:18:16ZThe army used the plane for six months only.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20807931/students-will-protest-on-friday-asking-for-a-trustworthy-investigation-into-the-cases-reported-by-murdered-journalist.htmlStudents will return to streets on Friday2018-04-19T19:27:30ZThey will hold up the letters of the last sentence from the last story by murdered Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20807513/special-prosecutor-kovacik-will-not-leave-for-now.htmlSpecial prosecutor Kováčik will not leave for now2018-04-19T13:34:30ZHis resignation was among the demands of people attending the For a Decent Slovakia rallies.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20807501/concert-to-be-held-on-murdered-couples-wedding-day.htmlConcert to be held on murdered couple’s planned wedding day2018-04-19T13:26:57ZThe main idea is to unite the families and people who care about Slovakia, the organisers said.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20807159/istanbul-ratification-still-nowhere-in-sight.htmlIstanbul ratification still nowhere in sight2018-04-19T11:22:38ZThe international document preventing violence against women was one of the reasons why a former justice minister left the government.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20807141/the-bodva-river-is-clogged-with-bottles.htmlThe Bodva river is clogged with bottles2018-04-18T22:33:53ZThousands of plastic bottles clog the Bodva riverbed every year. Locals think that putting deposits on PET bottles would help.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20807125/pm-pellegrini-explains-his-property-purchases.htmlPM Pellegrini explains his property purchases2018-04-18T21:25:42ZBut he failed to persuade enough MPs that he did not violate the law.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20807122/international-team-will-help-investigate-kuciaks-murder.htmlInternational team will help investigate Kuciak’s murder2018-04-18T21:10:33ZThe agreement was signed in The Hague.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20807130/last-week-in-slovakia-police-boss-will-leave.htmlLast Week in Slovakia: Police boss will leave2018-04-18T20:49:29ZListen to all the headlines from The Slovak Spectator's news podcast.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20806642/danko-criticises-pm-pellegrini-for-lacking-communication.htmlDanko criticises PM Pellegrini for lacking communication2018-04-18T13:55:54ZThe speaker of parliament complains about increased frictions and says Pellegrini is a strange, unknown person. The PM responds that he wants them to meet, adding the current coalition is the only option possible.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20806628/people-are-worried-mostly-by-corruption-but-also-by-kuciaks-murder-and-cabinet.htmlWhat worries Slovaks the most?2018-04-18T13:51:14ZA poll tries to compare the participants of the recent For a Decent Slovakia protests with those who did not attend, targeting their biggest worries.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20806205/antonino-vadala-charged-with-subsidy-fraud.htmlAntonino Vadala charged with subsidy fraud2018-04-17T21:41:51ZThe Italian businessman active in eastern Slovakia is in pre-trial custody and may be put into extradition custody by Italian prosecutors.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20805994/gaspar-ends-as-police-corps-president.htmlUPDATED: Gašpar finished as Police Corps president2018-04-17T16:07:49ZPM Peter Pellegrini wants to find a new interior minister as soon as possible.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20805746/kusnirovas-mother-represented-by-hedviga-malinovas-lawyer.htmlKušnírová’s mother represented by Hedviga Malinová's lawyer2018-04-17T13:51:21ZPolice officers mentioned in the stories of Ján Kuciak should not be allowed to see the corresponding file, lawyer argues.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20805540/Gaspar-police-president-stays-resignation-drucker.htmlGašpar: I will fight this fight to the end2018-04-17T12:03:46ZPolice corps president says he will step down, but only if the outgoing interior minister or his successor asks him to.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20805280/ficos-assistant-troskova-did-not-need-security-clearance-when-meeting-merkel-nbu-claims.htmlFico’s assistant Trošková did not need security clearance when meeting Merkel, NBÚ claims2018-04-17T06:13:04ZOther questions about Trošková remain open.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20805287/extremist-mp-sentenced-for-racism-again.htmlExtremist MP sentenced for racism again2018-04-17T06:04:42ZSpecialised Criminal Court fined Milan Mazurek €5,000 for his verbal attacks on Roma.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20805239/education-ministry-has-made-little-progress.htmlEducation Ministry has made little progress2018-04-16T20:28:44ZSince the last election, nothing has changed in the Slovak education sector.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20805192/luers-civil-society-needed-more-than-ever-in-slovakia.htmlLuers: Civil society needed more than ever in Slovakia2018-04-16T18:00:35ZWe need civil society now more than we did in the 1990s, says Wendy Luers, who helped create civil society as we know it in Slovakia today.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20804940/drucker-resigns-as-interior-minister.htmlUPDATED: Drucker resigns as interior minister2018-04-16T14:48:36ZI have not found reasons to dismiss the police corps president, Tomáš Drucker said before leaving the ministerial post.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20804830/banker-imrich-beres-launches-petition-to-support-his-presidential-candidacy.htmlBanker Imrich Béreš launches petition to support his presidential candidacy2018-04-16T13:47:22ZHe would like to collect 30,000 signatures – double the number required – but his activities start with a scandal.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20804743/protest-filled-squares-in-bratislava-and-humenne.htmlProtest filled squares in Bratislava and Humenné2018-04-16T13:30:15ZThousands of people gathered again at the For a Decent Slovakia rallies, demanding the deposition of Police President Tibor Gašpar. The new Prime Minister defends him.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20804705/journalist-co-founder-of-the-nova-party-robert-zitnansky-dies.htmlJournalist, co-founder of the NOVA party dies2018-04-16T13:18:47ZThe journalist died from complications stemming from injuries suffered last year after being hit by a car in Brussels.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20804686/rtvs-journalists-support-the-management-in-a-letter-stating-they-work-freely-and-without-pressure.htmlSome RTVS journalists support the current management2018-04-16T13:15:02ZIn a letter, reporters state that they work freely and without pressure and that they would be the first to speak out if they felt attempts at manipulation.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20803715/former-diplomat-uk-will-remember-slovakia-kept-silent-in-skripal-case.htmlFormer diplomat: UK will remember Slovakia kept silent in Skripal case2018-04-14T21:29:09ZCivil society has proven its power in Slovakia but the country has also let the UK down, says Tomáš Valášek, head of the Carnegie Institute in Brussels.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20802686/top-3-news-from-last-week-in-slovakia.htmlTop 3 news from Last Week in Slovakia2018-04-13T09:45:11ZSituation at RTVS provokes media freedom concerns.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20802542/gang-boss-okolicany-is-at-large-european-warrant-might-take-weeks.htmlGang boss Okoličány is at large. European warrant might take weeks2018-04-13T06:44:47ZThe gang boss who got a life sentence on April 11 is at large, possibly abroad.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20802431/kalinak-paid-goodbye-bonuses-worth-400-to-policemen-and-firefighters.htmlKaliňák paid goodbye bonuses worth €400 to policemen and firefighters2018-04-13T06:01:18ZThis generous goodbye action by the long-term minister has cost the state €15 million in total.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20802466/matovic-accuses-drucker-of-cheap-purchase-of-house-in-florida.htmlMatovič accuses Drucker of cheap purchase of house in Florida2018-04-13T05:53:32ZDrucker has ended up in hospital with chronic neck problems.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20802037/what-is-happening-at-RTVS-Slovakia-public-service-broadcaster.htmlWhat is happening with the public-service broadcaster?2018-04-12T13:55:11ZThe RTVS management’s criticism of the #allforJan badges is just the tip of the iceberg, showing a divide between journalists and their managers. Here are some basics to understand what’s going on.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20801955/businessman-basternak-faces-seven-to-12-years-in-prison.htmlBusinessman Bašternák faces seven to 12 years in prison2018-04-12T13:30:33ZDistrict court now handles the charge filed by the Special Prosecutor’s Office, involving criminal offence of tax- and insurance premium evasion.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20801325/bratislava-begins-biggest-reconstruction-of-roads-in-25-years.htmlBratislava begins biggest reconstruction of roads in 25 years2018-04-11T22:46:35ZWork will continue until the autumn.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20801545/comenius-university-accepted-plagiaristic-works-from-germans.htmlComenius University accepted plagiaristic works from Germans2018-04-11T22:37:56ZGerman media reported on suspicions of plagiarism and the difficulty of stripping people of Slovak degrees.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20801654/supreme-court-sentences-mafia-kingpin-okolicany-to-life.htmlSupreme Court sentences mafia kingpin Okoličány to life2018-04-11T21:58:03ZThe court turned down Okoličány’s appeal against the verdict of the Specialised Criminal Court in Pezinok.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20801464/last-week-in-slovakia-pavol-paska-dies.htmlLast Week in Slovakia: Pavol Paška dies2018-04-11T16:35:11ZListen to all the headlines from The Slovak Spectator's news podcast.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20801209/minister-druckers-wife-ends-her-businesses.htmlMinister Drucker’s wife ends her businesses2018-04-11T14:11:04ZAfter political attacks by the opposition and media pressure, Interior Minister Tomáš Drucker (ex-health minister) announced on April 11 that his wife would end all her business activities.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20801113/health-minister-andrea-kalavska-to-continue-what-drucker-started.htmlNew health minister: I'm a doctor first of all2018-04-11T12:01:42ZWhile some praise the fact that the Health Ministry was taken over by an insider, others question Andrea Kalavská’s professionality and morality.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20801043/roads-full-of-potholes-drivers-can-claim-compensation.htmlRoads full of potholes; drivers can claim compensation2018-04-11T11:33:33ZDrivers with damaged cars due to pothole need to persuade courts that the pothole surprised them.